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Economic Policy Reforms 2017

Going for Growth

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Going for Growth is the OECD’s regular report on structural reforms in policy areas that have been identified as priorities to boost incomes in OECD and selected non-OECD countries (Argentina, Brazil, the People's Republic of China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Lithuania, the Russian Federation and South Africa). Policy priorities are updated every two years and presented in a full report, which includes individual country notes with detailed policy recommendations to address the priorities, as well as a follow-up on actions taken. The selection of priorities and the monitoring of reform actions are supported by internationally comparable indicators that enable countries to assess their economic performance and structural policies in a wide range of areas.



In addition to the new set of policy priorities and country notes, the 2017 report also includes a special chapter discussing how the Going for Growth framework has been extended to identify reform packages that boost growth while ensuring that the benefits are widely shared.

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Italy

GDP per capita is about 75% the average of the most advanced OECD countries, after having fallen in relative terms for more than 20 years. Following the crisis, annual potential GDP per capita growth has turned negative due to declining trends in employment and total factor productivity. Also, severe retrenchment in investment spending has reduced the productive capital stock, further hindering labour productivity growth.

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